The Rommel was built as part of Starfleet's preparations for war following the discovery of the Dominion. Assigned to Captain Raheesh Nazar, it was initially a part of the Seventh Fleet's 61st Tactical Wing. During the Battle of Tyra, Vice Admiral Richard Monroe ordered a retreat and only the 61st and 90th Tactical Wings survived. They were combined into the new 96th Tactical Wing and assigned to the Second Fleet. The Rommel and her wing fought with distinction at the Kotanka Line and later took part in Operation Return.